Shadow’s Son (#1)

Next: Shadow’s Lure

In the city of Othir, there are two kinds of people—the dead and those ones who made them that way.

Caim is certainly not dead. Orphaned and adrift, Caim grows up to become a cold-blooded assassin with the aid of his ethereal companion Kit—a useful-but-maddening spirit only he can see or hear. And as far as Caim is concerned, he doesn’t need anyone else getting that close to him.

But that changes when he’s betrayed on what should have been a simple job—and his only chance for survival lies with Josephine, the young daughter of the very nobleman he was hired to eliminate.

Soon Caim is caught in a wide-ranging conspiracy that stretches from Othir’s gilded halls of power to its bloodied alleyways. He must stay sharp if he is to uncover a cabal of traitors, keep Josey alive, and confront the forgotten truth of his own dark past…


“The intrigue, action scenes, and ever-more-revealing character insights are masterfully woven together in a book the reader won’t want to put down […] A first-rate sword-and-sorcery tale, with intriguing characters, that moves at a quick pace.”


“[SHADOW’S SON] is filled with lots of action and suspense […] I highly look forward to the sequel and give this novel 5 stars as it deserves keeper status.”

Night Owl Reviews, Top Pick

“Sprunk hits on all four cylinders and convincingly draws the reader into his fantasy world […] delivers impeccably […] I will eagerly obtain SHADOW'S LURE to read more about Caim and his world.”

SF Signal

“SHADOW’S SON is a pleasure […] Fans of Brent Weeks and Brandon Sanderson will certainly find plenty to like here.”

Mad Hatter

“Sprunk is able to write a full and satisfying story. The narrative speeds like a well-thrown knife and the writing is sharp and pointed. The characters are a nice mix of good and bad […] a cracking good read. This is the first book in a series and a mighty debut novel. If the pace continues through the next novels in the series, Sprunk will have laid the foundations to a soaring career.”


“A fast, entertaining page-turner of a novel […] Ultimately, SHADOW’S SON is a surprisingly well-crafted piece of fiction for a debut novel, indicating Jon Sprunk is an author to watch in the future.”

Fantasy Literature

“The greatest asset of SHADOW’S SON is the sheer pace at which the story unfolds […] the plot is crafted well and enough hints are dropped throughout to keep the reader guessing.”

Speculative Horizons (UK)

Awards & Accolades


Compton Crook Award Finalist


Fantasy Book Critic: #2 Debut Fantasy for 2010